I read an article in the Times Dispatch about Packing Pointers for Destination Weddings.
If you are planning a destination wedding it is very important to plan your packing list as early as possible. Once you get on the plane any items you left behind will stay behind. So it is vital to have a plan for all the important items.
Start with your checklist.
As a couple you should develop your checklist of items that you will need to bring. Make sure that the list is extensive. Write down everything so that the list is very specific. For example, don’t just write down clothing because that is too general. Plan out your outfits, shoes and your jewelry so that you know you have everything packed. Make sure that your list includes all your wedding information, your reservations and your passport. Check off each item as you pack them, and then check the list again the night before you leave.
Carry on all the important items.
Important items should not be packed in your luggage. This is because checked bags can get lost or delayed. No bride or groom wants to arrive at their destination without their wedding gown or tuxedo. An airline may provide brides with a garment bag to store their wedding gown. Then the gown and tux can be hung in the plane’s closet without worrying about other passengers putting their items on top of them. You can check with your specific airlines about their services. Check with your wedding venue to see if they press wedding clothes too.
In addition to your wedding day attire, do not put your wedding rings or anything that is very important in your checked bags. An example would be your legal documents. Carry these items in your purse or store them securely in your carry-on bag. This applies to anything that you must have for your wedding day. Include in your carry-on at least a change of clothes for each of you as well as your bathing suit. This will help relieve stress if your suitcase is delayed.
Consider either mailing the welcome packages after you return home or purchasing items at your destination.
While welcome packages are a very nice gesture you may discover that premade welcome bags either take up too much room in your suitcase or that they will be destroyed in the suitcase. If you plan to bring items from home your wedding planner may have ideas about how to distribute the bags. Many couples buy local items and then just bring empty bags from home. The small gifts can then be a memory of the destination.
Be very wary of shipping your items ahead of you.
Some couples want to ship important items to their hotel ahead of time. While this might seem like an easy solution for welcome bags or special items such as decorations, these items can be lost in the mail or stranded at customs. Some hotels will not accept packages until you are a registered guest. This means if you are not there they will not accept your packages and the responsibility that goes with them. Weigh the potential risks before placing items that are important to you at risk.
It is your wedding day. You don’t want to be totally stressed out because something you need or that is important was lost or delayed.
Plan Plan Plan.
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Wondering how to make sure your guests have a good time at your wedding? Today I’d like to share an interesting article by wedding expert and speaker Alan Berg, discussing tips on how to make sure your special day is enjoyed by everyone.
5 Things Your Guests Won’t Tell You
By Alan Berg
I remember hearing Colin Cowie speak to a group of Wedding Planners in NYC. He said that he tells his couples (who are spending millions on their weddings) that it’s not really their wedding. It’s their first chance, as a married couple, to host a party for their friends and family. That surprised me as we always think of weddings as being for and about the couple. The ceremony is definitely for and about the couple. The party that follows is a celebration of that marriage, with your closest family and friends.
If you accept that perspective, what would you do differently? If you’ve been a guest at one, or more weddings, what would you have liked to have told the newly married couple, but you couldn’t (or you and other guests just told each other, quietly at the table or afterwards)? Here are 5 things that your guests won’t tell you (unless they’re brutally honest or blunt).
1) Your guests won’t thank you for making your Mom, sister, best friend or maid of honor work on your wedding day. They’re not wedding planners, they’re your closest family and friends. Let them mingle, dance and enjoy the day.
2) Your guests won’t thank you for making them wait while you take pictures. Sure, they’ll eat, they’ll drink, but if it takes too long they’ll start wondering where you are. They were invited to celebrate with you.
3) Your guests won’t tell you that you put way too many things on your wedding registry. Make it easy for them to buy you the things that you really want. It’s hard for guests to know which things you really want (like a beautiful honeymoon, fire pit or down payment on a house), when there are 250 items on there. Give them the option to contribute dollars towards your registry so you can choose how to use it. Also, understand that a gift should not be required. You invited them to share your wedding day, not to necessarily have to pay for the privilege. If they want to give a gift, make it easy.
4) Your guests want to see, and hear your ceremony. Ask them to stay in their seats so everyone else can see. If you’ve hired professional photographer and videographer (real, experienced pros), and you share the photos with them (easy enough to do with online proofing these days), they’ll all be able to see and hear you taking your vows. Have someone ask everyone to turn off their ringers as well. You don’t want to hear a phone ringing on your wedding video. Everyone has a camera phone, but that doesn’t make them professionals. Don’t let them get in the way of the pros You’re investing good money in professional photos, let them do their job and they share it with your guests.
5) Your guests won’t thank you for hiring the cheapest wedding vendors. They don’t care how much you paid, they only care about the end result that they see. An iPod is not a DJ. Your uncle is not a professional videographer and won’t know where to stand to not be in everyone’s way. That Craig’s List vendor you hired is cheap for a reason. Don’t hire cheap. Hire the best value, and that often means spending more. Just follow your priorities and invest in them. You won’t be happy when the photos aren’t what you wanted or the dance floor is empty.
What I’m trying to say here is that you know what it’s like to be a guest at a wedding, just try to remember that when making your choices. If it’s summer time, make sure there’s shade for your outdoor ceremony. Make sure there’s air conditioning. Don’t just pray that it won’t rain, or won’t be 110 degrees… have a real plan for it. Put yourself in the shoes of your 100, 200 or more guests and have them raving to you about how great everything was. You don’t always get kudos for doing it right, but you almost always lose points for doing it wrong. I wish you, and your guests, a very happy wedding.
Alan Berg has over 20 years of experience in the wedding industry and has authored three books, “If your website was an employee, would you fire it?,” “Don’t Paint The House” and “Your Attitude for Success.” Learn more at www.alanberg.com
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This copyrighted article was written by Alan Berg, professional speaker, author and business consultant – North America’s Leading Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events, and published in Beautiful Bride Magazine. To find out more about Alan Berg visit www.AlanBerg.com © 2013 Alan Berg
10 Tips For Selecting a Photographer for your Destination Wedding Abroad
by Nancy Briscoe at Romantic Getaways
10. Have you selected a venue or an area? What made you select the venue?
Do they have a photographer on staff?
Some places charge extra for outside vendors. If they do have a photographer on staff can they give you the photographer’s website or reference?
9. Look over their website before contacting a photographer. Make sure you like their style before you take up their time. Write down any questions you have while going over the website.
8. When you contact them make sure you understand the best way for communications and questions. Do they prefer to skype? Do they want you to email your questions or concerns? Do they have a timeline for you?
7. Ask their favorite venues and their favorite time of day for pictures. Because they are experienced in the destination they have insider’s knowledge for the best photos. Your photographer will also know what the lighting is like in your destination. They will be able to tell you the lighting in the different seasons.
For example, if the family picture is at noon on a summer sunny day everyone will be squinting or wearing sunglasses.
6. If you wanted an outdoor wedding or photo shoots is there a back-up plan for rain, fog or even bright sunshine? Remember to take weather into consideration when selecting your hair style or the style of clothing for the wedding party.
There is no amount of hair spray that can hold your hair in the rain or fog. As for the style of clothing if you choose formal wear for a sunny summer day your wedding party may look sweaty.
5. Do you have a style or theme such as vintage? Are you flexible about your theme? Go over your colors with the photographer.
4. Save pictures you like from wedding magazines since it is easier to show a picture you like vs. describing a pose
3. Write a photography list so your photographer will know your priorities, for example a 3 generation picture or a picture of your rings.
2. Can you have a pre wedding consultation when you arrive? Can you have a photo shoot a few days before the wedding to get familiar with the destination and even to get comfortable taking pictures together? It is really valuable to spend time with your photographer before your wedding day.
1. Sign a contract that includes the amount of time they will be with you as well as the price and when you will receive your photos. Make sure that you go over it together so you understand what you are signing. By doing this each of you have an understanding of your expectations for your wedding day. Your photos will be your wedding day memories forever.
Martha Stewart is a world-known expert in weddings. I thought this article featured on Huffington Post was very interesting since today many couples write their own vows.
It’s always a nice touch when couples write their own vows. It’s the best way to bring you and your fiance’s personalities into your wedding ceremony, and a sure-fire way to engage the audience, whether they are left crying or laughing. Expressing your love on paper may seem daunting, but it’s easier than you’d think. Let us count the ways…
1. Begin Separately
Schedule some alone time to write your vows on your own before sharing them with each other. Doing this exercise individually will help each of you reflect without the other’s influence, making the result more interesting and personal.
2. Ask Yourself Questions
“The first step is to excavate your own heart,” advises the Rev. Judith Johnson, author of “The Wedding Ceremony Planner”. She recommends sitting quietly with a blank sheet of paper and asking yourself questions such as, “Why have I chosen this person to be my partner? What do I love most about him or her?” Take time to really think about the answers, and translate them into a vow.
3. Look for Inspiration
Once you have gathered your own thoughts, scour books, poems, and examples of other wedding vows to find the right words that succinctly express what you want to say. Feel free to mix old with new and classic with modern, and incorporate elements of traditional vows into your own.
4. Make Promises
“Focus on what marriage means to you. What are you saying yes to, and what can you promise your partner?” says the Rev. Jeddah Vailakis, an interfaith minister in New York. Reflect on the good times, but consider all of the stumbling blocks in your relationship too. For example, if you’re working too much and not making time for each other, you may want to think about what you can pledge to avoid falling into that trap again.
5. Exchange Letters
Make a date to sit down together to share your notes and read each other’s thoughts. Afterward, rather than throwing these first-draft letters away, file them as keepsakes to read on anniversaries.
6. Play Editor
Decide which parts you would like to read aloud, and what aspects of traditional vows you plan on including. Remember to keep the vows as short and as simple as possible—a paragraph or two at most.
Johnson recommends writing your vows—on index cards or a scroll—so you don’t have to worry about memorizing them. Make sure to give a copy to your officiant as a backup, and rehearse them with flash cards prior to the wedding day. That way you’ll know when to breathe, and you’ll be prepared for the parts that may make you tear up.
Open to the public come enjoy the gardens which first began to take shape over two and a half centuries ago. The charming walled garden, the striking terraces, fine statuary and varied trees are linked by carefully designed walks and set in the magnificent surroundings of the Wicklow mountains. Together they form one of the most beautiful Gardens in Ireland.
An Interview with Carmel Byrne the Tourism and Marketing Executive at Powerscourt Gardens. Carmel has worked at Powerscourt Gardens for the last eight and a half years. Carmel answered frequently asked questions about weddings at Powerscourt Estate.
What is most popular at Powerscourt Estate?
Definitely the Gardens, they span over 47 acres and comprise of themed Gardens including the Italian, Japanese, Walled Garden and the spectacular double Herbaceous Border. The Tulip festival in April/May is always gorgeous too and the Roses are amazing in the Summer. The Japanese Garden in awash with colour in Spring and Autumn and is certainly a feast for the senses.
What is the backup plan for rainy days?
Weather permitting couples and their guests can enjoy a pre dinner drinks reception in the Gardens but if the weather is disagreeable the drinks reception can be held in the main entrance hall or the Garden rooms overlooking the vista of the gardens and the Sugarloaf mountain. With a good photographer our couples can still avail of photos in the gardens and most photographers are good at choosing locations around the gardens that provide a little more shelter.
What happens on rainy days?
To be honest any day is a good day to have wedding at Powerscourt. During the Winter months the Estate and Gardens are a little quieter than the busy tourist season of the Summer months but this does not impinge on our wedding couples as they have exclusive use of the function facilities at Powerscourt House. The Gardens close to the public at 5.30pm so they have exclusive use thereafter until sunset.
What is the preferred method of communications?
At the moment the preferred method of communication is email but if one of our brides would like to chat via Skype we can certainly accommodate them.
Do you have timelines for your brides?
We do have a timeline schedule for brides and this usually starts from the initial booking and of course the last month is the most important.
Do you have a variety of local vendors to choose from?
Yes we have a preferred suppler list to assist our couples on choosing their services and products for the day. We have worked with our vendors for the last number of years and would highly recommend them on price point and service.
We only have the ballroom at Powerscourt House so this is the venue where couples host their seated meal.
Couples have a choice of accommodation in the region such as The Ritz Carlton (on Powerscourt Estate), The Summerhill House Hotel, The Glenview Hotel and the Druids Glen Resort.
We work very closely with all our wedding couples and offer a very personalised service to ensure that each and every wedding runs smoothly.
My colleague Annette Holly is the event planner. Annette is on site on the day of the wedding.
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Are you planning an Ireland destination wedding? Join our Destination Bridal Tour in May of 2014.
We are going to look at popular venues, meet local vendors and attend a bridal faire.
Here is our itinerary but we can try to adjust the venues by popular request:
Day 1 Depart U.S. to Dublin
Day 2 Arrive in Dublin. Private transfers to the hotel. Then on to the Guinness Factory, where you’ll experience how to pull the perfect pint of Guinness. Remainder of your day at your leisure. Dinner at the Hotel. Overnight in Dublin. (Breakfast, Dinner included)
Day 3 Journey out to the Ritz Carlton Powerscourt Hotel and Gardens to view the property. Enjoy tea at the Ritz. Tonight enjoy the wonderful tales of Ireland’s beloved authors while experiencing Dublin’s amazing pubs. Overnight in Dublin. (Breakfast, Tea included)
Day 4 Today you will sit back and enjoy the very green countryside of Ireland while being driven to the west coast. Be amazed and take pictures of the Cliffs of Moher. Overnight in Ennis. (Breakfast, Dinner included)
Day 5 Morning at your Leisure. This afternoon you will enjoy lunch at the Adare Manor and then an exotic lime and ginger spa treatment at the Lavendar Cottage Overnight in Ennis. (Breakfast included)
Day 6 Morning at your leisure. Transfer to the venue to be chosen. Late afternoon, you will be transferred back to the hotel to freshen up. Then you will be taken to the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park to enjoy a medieval dinner and show. Overnight in Ennis. (Breakfast, Dinner included)
Day 7 Today you will meet with wedding planners at Dromoland Castle and Adare Manor. Then we will travel to the town of Klllarney. The remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight in Killarney (Breakfast included)
Day 8 Today you will be amazed by the beauty of the Ring of Kerry. The mountains and lakes can be unbelievable backdrops for wedding photos so have your camera ready. The remainder of your day at your leisure. Overnight in Killarney (Breakfast included)
Day 9 This morning transfer to Dublin for some last minute shopping on Grafton Street. This afternoon appointments and surveys for each bride then a round table session. Tonight you will enjoy dinner and a show at Taylors Three Rock. Overnight in Dublin. (Breakfast, Dinner included)
Day 10 Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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How many nights have you spent on the internet researching your destination wedding?
When you find a venue you like how do you know the pictures are recent?
How do you find the best local vendors? How do you know if they are reliable by emailing them or talking to them on the phone or skype? Don’t you want to taste the cake first before your final decision?
If you answer yes to these questions join our destination bridal tours.
We will visit popular venues together and meet local vendors. Take your own pictures and experience some of the country.
We are planning our next Bridal Tour to Ireland for May of 2014. Some of the highlights will be a bridal pub crawl, visiting Powerscourt Gardens, and a spa treatment at Adare Manor.
We are also starting to plan our bridal tour to Italy.
Bring your mom or your best friend. Bring someone who understands your wedding vision.
Availibility is limited to 16. Please call today to reserve your spot. Call 1-888-338-0852 to speak to Nancy.
For many brides a destination wedding sounds wonderful but there is an uncertainty of planning a wedding in a location that you personally have not visited. After working wtih Destination Wedding Brides since 1999 I am putting together a BFF or Bridal Fact finding trip to Ireland so that brides can visit the top wedding locations and attend a bridal fair in Limerick. We will also add in a taste of the Irish culture such as a Bride/Bachelorette pub crawl and a spa appointment You can bring your BFF, your sister or your mom. Bring whoever will understand your wedding vision and be supportive but also will have an opinion that you respect. More details will be supplied as the trip details are finalized.
The Irish Tourist board is promoting this as the year of The Gathering. They are inviting anyone connected to Ireland to come back to their roots. With an estimated 75 million Americans claiming to be of Irish descent this could be quite a year.
So with this in mind many Americans are considering going to Ireland. I have also noticed that Ireland is on many people’s bucket list. If you have a group that would like to make the trip with you we can make a customized group itinerary for 10 or more travelers. That means you won’t travel with strangers. Instead you will be with your family and/or friends making sure that you visit the sights that are important to you. Last year we had a small group of 7 go to Ireland. We had so much fun exploring together. We are already talking about going back.
I found a delicious recipe online that I thought others might enjoy.
Egg Nog Bread Pudding
2 Cups Egg Nog
1 Cup Sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 slices raisin bread cut into 1 inch cubes
Whipped Cream Topping
1 cup Whipping Cream
3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon brandy or rum extract 9if desired)
1. Heat oven to 350 F. Butter a 2 quart baking dish
2. In a large bowl, combine Egg Nog, sugar, eggs, nutmeg, and vanilla. Bleand until smooth. Fold in bread cubes.
3. Pour into prepared dish. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted cp,es out clean.
4. Serve warm topped with whipped cream topping